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Two bills representing $15 on an American flag. The minimum wage will increase to $15 by 2025.

Minimum wage increases in 2022

By Julio Ceja | February 17, 2022

DeKALB- The minimum wage has been raised from $11 to $12 earlier this year, according to a press release posted on The state is also planning to raise the minimum to $15 by 2025.  Illinois hadn’t seen a wage increase since 2010 when...

NIU is working to help those students who need it most, with its support of the DoublePell campaign.

Editorial: Doubling Pell Grant creates opportunity for success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 25, 2022
Doubling the Pell Grant would allow students a better opportunity for future success.
Continuously leaving classes can have a number of impacts on a college students career.

Point/Counterpoint: Leaving class in the middle of a lecture

By Summer Fitzgerald and Zulfiqar Ahmed | January 19, 2022
The college experience consists of having total freedom, especially when it comes to attending classes.
Head brewer John Sanderson shows some of the various instruments used to create microbrew craft beers.

Sycamore brewery opens downtown

By Jessie Kern | July 23, 2018

DeKALB — A Sycamore business has relocated to downtown DeKalb after transitioning from a brew pub to a microbrewery.Forge Brew House, 216 N. 6 St., had a soft opening March 17 and grand opening March 24. The Sycamore location, previously on Airport...

SA Senate approves budget cuts to sports clubs

By Erin Kolb | April 28, 2013

The Student Association (SA) Senate met Sunday night in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center to approve two budgets for next school year and appoint directors to the SA’s seven subcommittees. The final two of four budgets needing approval...

NIU offers resources during Money Smart Week

By Guadalupe Lopez | April 22, 2013

According to, the average college student attending a public university in Illinois in 2011 accumulated an average of $26,470 in debt. To help students, NIU’s Financial Literacy Collaborative and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago...

NIU’s credit rating falls

By Jessi Haish | March 21, 2013

NIU’s downgraded credit score may not greatly affect its future plans. On Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service announced that ratings have been downgraded for four Illinois universities, including NIU. Moody’s is “an essential component of the global...

Peters’ replacement, budget discussed at University Council

By Robert Baird | January 30, 2013

University Council met for the first time of 2013 to discuss the 2014 budget building process and the progress in finding a replacement for NIU President John Peters. University Council started at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student...

Find a transporation system at NIU that works for you

By Hayley Devitt | October 3, 2012

So far in my college career, I’ve always been able to get around. The half-hour drive to my community college, plus having to work in another town after class, pretty much required I have a car. However, I know that many students at NIU and other four-year...

Occupy Wall Street: Protests can be beneficial to the community

By Anthony Szudarski | September 26, 2012

The anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) was just over a week ago. I’m sure a lot of people remember hearing about it on the news, or through gossip, and while many people disagree with the protests, I am not one of them. I have a firm...

Chicago teachers need ‘well overdue’ raise

By Anthony Szudarski | September 16, 2012

I am always going to think that teachers should be more respected and revered than they are. With all the help some of my teachers have given me throughout my life, that will never change. By now I’m sure that many of you are aware of the teacher’s...

IRS requires taxpayers to report illegal sources of income

By Felix Sarver | April 11, 2012

Money made from gambling, hobbies, bribes and even drug dealing are things the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to know about. Taxpayers must include in their tax income return forms all income they receive in the form of money, property and services...